Microsoft Corporation has released Microsoft Office 2016, the latest addition to its cloud-based subscription service Office 365. Office 2016 succeeds MS Office 2013 and Office for Mac 2011 and has been enhanced to let multiple users edit similar documents at the same time, a characteristic attributed to cloud-based software services.

Microsoft Office 2016 brings new versions of desktop apps for Windows including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook and Access plus allows people who are connected to Office Online to collaborate and work together.Other smaller features include Insights, a feature powered by Bing to provide contextual information from the web, new chart types in Excel such as a ring chart, waterfall chart, box plot and histogram. It also has a data loss prevention feature in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Additional features that come with the office are the ability to create, open, edit, and save files in the cloud straight from the desktop.

“These latest innovations take another big step forward in transforming Office from a familiar set of individual productivity apps to a connected set of apps and services designed for modern working, collaboration and teamwork,” Chief Executive Satya Nadella said in a statement published by Reuters.

In July 2015, Microsoft launched the long anticipated version of Windows 10 Operating System on laptops, desktop and smart phones with free upgrade as part of its growth plan. Office 2016 is available in 40 languages and requires Windows 7 or later versions.Office Suite 365 enables users to work on documents on their Windows PC, Mac, iPhone, and Android tablet.

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